Remote Sensing of Estuaries and Tide-Dominated Coastal Processes

by V. Klemas, Univ of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The recent appearance of low-cost microcomputers with user-friendly software for analyzing satellite imagery is including more estuarine investigators to use satellite data. High resolution Thematic Mapper and SPOT imagery is significantly improving our ability to discern coastal features and processes from satellite altitudes. However, to meet both spatial and temporal resolution requirements, data from several satellites will have to be combined with aircraft and ship data in a cost-effective way. In this paper, the author attempts to summarize the state-of-the-art of remote sensing of coastal features and estuarine processes, and to point out further improvements needed to meet user requirements.

Subject Headings: Remote sensing | Estuaries | Tides | Spatial data | Water resources | Computer software | Aerial photography | Coastal processes

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